The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Hélène Benveniste uses interdisciplinary approaches to answer research questions directly relevant to climate change policy.
Hélène received her PhD in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and earned an MS in Science and Executive Engineering from Mines Paristech. Her research focuses on two broad topics: human migration and inequality in the context of climate change and global governance of environmental issues. In her work, she uses both quantitative methods drawn from environmental studies, economics, and demography, and qualitative methods grounded in political science.
As an Environmental Fellow, Hélène is continuing to explore topics of mobility in the context of climate change, with the aim to map most relevant policy responses to climate-related migration. She is pursuing this work with Professor Joseph Aldy at the Harvard Kennedy School and with Professor Peter Huybers at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.